Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher

(1908_1992 / Albion, Michigan)

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher
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Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (July 3, 1908 – June 22, 1992) was a preeminent American food writer. She was also a founder of the Napa Valley Wine Library. She wrote some 27 books, including a translation of The Physiology of Taste by Brillat-Savarin. Two volumes of her journals and correspondence came out shortly before her death in 1992. Her first book, Serve it Forth, was published in 1937. Her books are an amalgam of food literature, travel and memoir. Fisher believed that eating well was just one of the "arts of life" and explored this in her writing. W. H. Auden once remarked: "I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose." more »

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  • ''Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer. "A Is for Dining Alone," An Alphabet for Gourmets (1949).
  • ... gastronomical perfection can be reached in these combinations: one person dining alone, usually upon a couch or a hill side; two people, of no matter what sex or age, dining in a good restaurant; ...
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "From A to Z" chapter (1949).
  • ''[Bachelors'] approach to gastronomy is basically sexual, since few of them under seventy-nine will bother to produce a good meal unless it is for a pretty woman.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "B is for Bachelors" chapter (1949).
  • ''... ostentatious dining has little dignity about it, although the combination is possible.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "O is for Ostentation" chapter (1949).
  • ''The things men come to eat when they are alone are, I suppose, not much stranger than the men themselves.... A writer years ago told me of living for five months on hen mash.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "M is for Monastic" chapter (1949).
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